Nice Guy: Film

Animated Films
  • The vast majority of Disney Animated Canon protagonists, even if some of them are "nice girls" instead.
  • Baymax from Big Hero 6. His programming makes him a "Healthcare Companion" who would help people through physical and emotional problems.
  • In Pixar films we have the followings:
  • The Book of Life:
    • Manolo Sanchez is naturally kind, loyal and nonviolent.
    • Maria is affable, friendly, and willing to stand up for and with others against anyone. There's also her willingness to work with the orphanage and her love for animals.
    • The Candlemaker is a humble and friendly God.
    • All of the Rodriguez Brothers are friendly, helpful, and fun-loving.
    • La Muerte. Her profile states that she's a kind ruler and she's been established as one of the Big Goods, along with the Candlemaker.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Felix. This ends up causing most of the plot: because he's such a nice guy, he's an Extreme Doormat to the Nicelanders. As such, even though he tries to be nice to Ralph he can't be completely because of their pressuring him to exclude Ralph for being the bad guy.

Live Action Films
  • Tom Stahl of A History of Violence used to be a very nasty mobster, until he'd had enough and remade his personality, made up a fake history, and became a Nice Guy restaurant owner in a small town. The film opens with him being perfectly willing to let some gunmen rob his store's money until they implied they'd shoot them all anyway... then he brutally disarmed them.
  • Averted with Nice Guy Eddie of Reservoir Dogs. He's not nice.
  • Ben and May Parker in the Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • John Russell in the 1980 horror movie The Changeling is one of the nicest protagonists in the horror genre. Given that he lost his wife and daughter at the beginning of the film, the audience expects him to be angsty, and/or have a guilt complex and/or reject all attempts at friendly support. He surprises us by continuing to be a pleasant and balanced individual, even through the horror that follows. Interestingly, played against type by George C. Scott.
  • Oz of The Whole Nine Yards. So much so that the person his wife hired to kill him couldn't bring herself to do it and became his assistant instead. This saves his life again in the end of the movie when Jimmy kills his partner to avoid having to kill Oz.
  • Kurtis in The Final. He tried his best to be friends to everybody, and defended Ravi from Bradley. As a result, the outcasts try (and fail) to keep him from coming to their "party."
  • Jimmy Stewart was famous for playing this character.
  • Dale, one of the unfortunate victims in Horrible Bosses, claims that his childhood dream was to become a husband. He's a very mild-mannered guy who spends most of the film in over his head, though every once in a while he snaps.
  • Leonard Stecyk in The Pale King.
  • Several of Jim Carrey's characters fall into this category.
    • Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask is specifically identified as a 'nice guy' - unfortunately for him that means being treated like a doormat. Then comes the Mask...
    • Truman Burbank in The Truman Show. This is the particular reason the show is centered around him and you genuinely feel sorry for the guy watching him discover that the only world he ever knew is nothing but a sham devised by a scheming TV producer.
    • Charlie Baileygates in Me, Myself, and Irene. Again, that means to be treated like an Extreme Doormat: His wife cheats on him for a midget and leaves behind three illegitimate sons. He loves and cares for his sons as if they were his own, but bottles up his anger, especially with the unrespectful public. The movie's point is when he reaches his limit and all the bottled-up rage creates a second personality, Hank.
    • Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could arguably be one of these as well, albeit love-withdrawn and shy after his breakup.
  • Marge Gunderson in Fargo is kind, friendly and warm to all she meets. Unlike most examples, this actually helps her as her easygoing manner lets people trust her and helps her investigation.
  • Bert in Mary Poppins.
  • X-Men:
    • Professor X opens his heart and his home to mutants who feel persecuted by the outside world.
    Logan: There's not many people that will understand what you're going through, but I think this guy Xavier is one of them. He seems to genuinely want to help you, and that's a rare thing for people like us.
    • Cyclops.
    • Iceman is much sweeter and more mature than his comic book counterpart's Jerk with a Heart of Gold Man Child persona.
    • Nightcrawler from X2: X-Men United.
    • X-Men: First Class:

      Hank McCoy's very friendly, prefers to avoid conflict, and truly comes out of his shell when in his comfort zones, such as discussing science or assisting with the other students.

      Darwin is polite, friendly, and when things get rough he can be seen immediately moving to make himself a human shield for the other kids.
    • Mariko Yashida from The Wolverine is a pleasant young woman who prefers small town comforts to her position in Yashida's company.
  • Man of Steel: Take a wild guess. Albeit this time, his "niceness" is really put to the test.
  • Captain America. When asked if he wants to kill Nazis: "I don't want to kill anyone. I don't like bullies. I don't care where they're from". 100% honesty.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings us Sam Wilson. He meets Captain America and the Black Widow all of once, for maybe five minutes. When they come to his home beaten to hell and asking for shelter, he lets them in, makes them breakfast, and agrees to fight alongside them.
  • Julio from Elysium. Although he's a car thief, he's never shown to be anything but friendly and an unfailingly loyal friend to Max.
  • The title character of Carrie note  is one of these: She loves her mother dearly, despite the latter's horribly abusive behavior towards her and when her English class is asked for criticisms of a fellow student's poem, she raises her hand and expresses heartfelt admiration for it when called on. Unfortunately for those who tormented her, she is also a fine example of why you should Beware the Nice Ones.
  • The title characters from Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (especially Dale) are so well-meaning and friendly you can't help but feel bad for them as their vacation falls apart.
  • Ford Brody from Godzilla (2014), is a loving father and a spouse and very patient with his more-than-a-little crazy dad. The moment he hears Joe has been arrested in Japan he rushes to his side and tries to convince him to come home with him.
  • Goose from Top Gun, in spades. A devoted family man, liked by everyone, and pretty much the only one who can rein his impetuous partner in. Naturally, he dies two-thirds of the way through the film.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Eggsy. He only gives attitude to people who disrespect him. Otherwise, he's a cool guy to hang out with.
    • Roxy. She is one of the few to not be a jerk to Eggsy for his lower-class background.
  • Caleb from Ex Machina is basically a decent person and becomes disturbed by Nathan's treatment of Kyoko and Ava, to the extent that he plans to help Ava to escape. It turns out that this part of his personality was the real reason Nathan chose him, since he wouldn't be able to refuse a vulnerable woman's cry for help.

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